- any of various shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Ligustrum, of the olive family, comprising the privets.
Origin of ligustrum
< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin: privet
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On the 27th of August, 1884, branches of the ligustrum coated with wax were brought to me.Three Years in Western China
Ligustrum ovalifolium, ovalifolium elegantissimum, and vulgare.
Ligustrum (Privet) ovalifolium foliis aureis, the best variegated shrub for hedges and for rough usage.
The vegetation is precisely the same as at Juggur, with the exception of a Ligustrum, which is common along the nullah.
Turner in 1538 says, "ligustrum arbor est non herba ut literatorū vulgus credit; nihil que minus est quam a Prymerose."The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare
Henry Nicholson Ellacombe